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What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:31

Yes Red, relaaaaax. Leave well alone for now.  

What to do with lupins

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:26


Yes, I stake them.  Do this early when you see the beginning of the flower stems.....a cane, short one because its the lower parts that are likely to snap, per spike.  Mine have already been done.  The first strong wind or heavy rain will flatten unstaked lupins.  When the flowers are starting to fade remove them to where you will see new shorter flower spikes forming.  These will be smaller shorter flowers.  You may even see a third set after that.  

Finaly, I remove all stems to ground level, cut off all yellowing leaves, feed and put half a dozen slug pellets (or visit your plant in the dark with torch and salt solution) for an imvasion of small snails.  Lupins look very, very tatty for a few weeks after flowering but look good...foliage wise....during autumn and winter. 

Lupins are short term perennials....good for 3 years I think but then best replaced.  There are now some fantastic varieties......I intend to try a few of these myself.  

What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:09

Hiya Red

Can you scrape away some,of the ferriliser?  Then water well.  You prob got fertiliser on the leaves themselves so the rain would have helped a bit. Remove the brown leaves, leave,the floppy and avoid feeding.  Hopefully....well, most likely....your dahlias  will recover 

I dont use Gromore types...they are fierce, caustic and aggressive if over applied.  Organic fertilisers tend to be slower acting.  Try to resist the temptation to apply fertilisers simply to hurry on growth.  June is a time when plants will burst Imto growth amd flower very quickly so nature rather than fertiliser will encourage growth.  Apart from possible scorching roo much fertiliser produces soft, slug attractive plants.



Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:55

Hiya Steve, it's Market Force.  Funnily enough I had email today from them cos I haven't accepted any assignments lately....must reply.  

Fairygirl, well the foliage is slightly more glaucous than autumn joy etc. and I suspect it's slightly more compact.  I've had a love hate relationship with sedums over the years but now I'm appreciating them a little more.  I took a load of cuttings today from it when I pinched Abbeydore back.  

Ive got a nice version of sedum purple emperor called Posties Pride.  It looks darker and, again, more compact.  Ive been considering a sedum border.....a mixture of 3 or 4 varieties together.  However, I hate "sameness". Prob look sensational in late Augliest/September though 

Again, Punkdoc, I'm similarly placed.....I've compromised occasionally,though by planting the whole pot in the ground.  It can be moved without hassle at any time and, if in big pots, will still produce tall impressive plants 

Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:40

If you are happy with the 2 plants together I would buy another alpina.  I think you may damage both sets of roots by trying to separate them. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:06

Steve, I do mystery shopping too.  Only do restaurants though.  Been offered the glasses assignments but where's the food? 

Its been a beautiful day here ....24 at mid day.  Sorry for you folks in the cold 

Sedum Abbeydore arrived from Notcutts.  Perfect condition and nice large plant. ,pinched back by a quarter and planted.  Very satisfying. 

Fairy, my "quality jokes" ??ou rightly describe them ....are seasonal too.  Summer  funny summer not.  Good eh!  Spur of the moment yer still high quality 

Sure MrsG will get her dream job, nice to see Stacey back too 

Eremurus problem

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:55

Well. I cannot frow eremurus.  I know the theory but it doesn't work for me.  

MrsGarden, I agree that you leave it alone until autumn.  Can you move the poppies after flowering?

Underachiever Award

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:52

Not posting pics of my failures KEF.

My underachiever this year is my prize delphinium that was devastated by slugs n snails.  My fault.  It's position ensures early growing and flowering but I was caught by surprise and,,too late, it was eaten. Other delphiniums, smaller, are flowering though.

And my runner beans....normally they are 6' high now with flowers.  So far mine are 2 possibly 3' high.  Domt know why?  Not eaten.  Different and new variety for me though

Then my goosegogs.  No fruit at all.  My fault as I should have cast a net over them over winter to prevent bullfinches.

No doubt a summer performer will under achieve too but always something excels as well.  High hopes for so many plants soon 

The established Garden.

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:45

Interesting thread.

The established garden, as Frank said, is a reflection of us. WE like it that way for our own personal reasons.  

The lawn...I have 2, neither is esp large..... IS a labour saving thing.  People remove it to save on work but cutting grass regularly is not a chore but a pleasure and I do mine very quickly.  The lawn provides a recreational space that's far more comfortable to,the eye and to,the bottom than paving too. 

Not convinced by this " not seeing all the garden in one go" either.  Can't see mine like that anyway, but what is so wrong about seeing as much  as poss in one view?  Why the requirement for surprises?  It's like giving a child sweets one by one instead of the packet!  

In the summer, with herbaceous plantIng so tall, there will be more pockets of surprise anyway but we don't half make a lot of pompous fuss sometimes about what the garden "means".  Chelsea is a good  example of this......most of us wanted to see the plants not the "significance" of every stone, plant, stump or whatever 

Cane tops

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 16:31

I use old Vit bottles, medicine bottles and bought plastic tops.

This is a serious issue and not to top your canes is foolish.

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